On page 101, he repeats the refrain: "(F)aced with the alternative of voting for a real Tory or a carbon-copy Tory, the real Tory will vote for the real thing every time. Right-wing liberalism is a recipe for political disaster."Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers
Davey didn't want his party confused in the public's mind with the more centrist Progressive Conservatives. Imagine his distress over any Liberal conflation with today's harder-right Republican-Conservatives.
Yet today's Liberal caucus has repudiated virtually all Davey's maxims. It is restive and dismissive of a leader it refused to support for the leadership. Its front bench is tilted to the right, particularly on foreign and fiscal policy. And it is a journalist's cornucopia of internal bickering, backbiting and damaging leaks.